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  • CAS SO 455: Topics in Social Issues
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and at least two prior sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    Topics seminar that takes in-depth look at a social issue. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2018: Urban Inequality. Presents theoretical approaches to investigate multiple features of urban inequality in: ghettos, gentrified neighborhoods, ethnic clusters, gated communities, among others. Examines how urban space is used both to segregate and seclude.
  • CAS SO 459: Deviance and Social Control
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses, or consent of instructor.
    Sociological explanations of types of deviancy and methods of controlling it. Students select research topics ranging from behaviors and conditions perceived as deviant (e.g., crime, terrorism, sexual deviance, addictions) to methods of control (e.g., law, medical treatment, social exclusion, war).
  • CAS SO 460: Seminar in Economic Sociology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and at least two prior sociology courses, or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to core theoretical perspectives and debates in contemporary economic sociology (structural/network, cultural, institutional/political, and performativity) with a special attention paid to morality of markets, commensuration and construction of value, money, credit and finance and inequality.
  • CAS SO 490: Seminar: Global Health: Politics, Institutions, and Ideology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses; or consent of the instructor.
    What is global health? Who are the main actors in global health debates? This seminar explores the politics of global health, providing students with sociological tools, concepts, and knowledge to help make sense of conflict in contemporary global health debates.
  • CAS SO 491: Directed Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of CAS Advising Office, junior or senior standing, and consent of instructor.
    Individual instruction and supervised study project in sociology for concentrators and nonconcentrators.
  • CAS SO 492: Directed Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of CAS Advising Office, junior or senior standing, and consent of instructor.
    Individual instruction and supervised study project in sociology for concentrators and nonconcentrators.
  • CAS SY 101: Senior Year Topics
    SY101 is an activity and discussion based class focused on a specific topic area to help students prepare for life after college. Topics vary by section number.
  • CAS WR 111: Academic Writing for ESL Students 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: placement test results.
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: placement test results. Study of academic conventions and effective strategies of academic reading and writing, along with needs-based review of grammar and mechanics. Emphasis on comprehension, summary, and critical analysis of a wide range of texts. Focus on improving both fluency and accuracy in writing and speaking. Frequent papers and in- class writing. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS WR 112: Academic Writing for ESL Students 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS WR 097 or CAS WR 111; or placement test results.
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS WR 097; or placement test results. Emphasis on critical reading and analytical writing in response to various theme-based texts. Review of grammar and mechanics in context. Intensive practice in the patterns of academic argumentation through multiple writing assignments of increasing complexity. Refinement of speaking skills through discussions and oral presentations. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS WR 120: First-Year Writing Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS WR 098 or CAS WR 112 (if student required to take that course).
    Topic-based seminar in critical reading and writing. Engagement with a variety of sources and practice in writing in a range of genres with particular attention to argumentation, prose style, and revision, informed by reflection and feedback, including individual conferences. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: First-Year Writing Seminar.
    • First-Year Writing Seminar
  • CAS WR 150: Writing, Research, & Inquiry
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS WR 100 or CAS WR 120.
    Topic-based seminar in critical reading, research, and writing. Practice in sustained inquiry, including scholarly research and communication of findings to different audiences. Attention to argumentation, prose style, and revision, informed by reflection and feedback, including individual conferences. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing, Research, Inquiry, and Research and Information Literacy.
    • Writing, Research, and Inquiry
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS WR 151: Writing, Research, & Inquiry with Oral and/or Signed Expression
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS WR 100 or CAS WR 120.
    Topic-based seminar in critical reading, research, writing, and oral communication. Practice in sustained inquiry, including scholarly research and communication of findings to different audiences. Attention to argumentation, public speaking, prose style, and revision, informed by reflection and feedback, including individual conferences. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing, Research, and Inquiry, Oral and/or Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Writing, Research, and Inquiry
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS WR 152: Writing, Research, & Inquiry with Digital/Multimedia Expression
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS WR 100 or CAS WR 120.
    Topic-based seminar in critical reading, research, writing, and digital/multimedia communication. Practice in sustained inquiry, including scholarly research and communication of findings to different audiences. Attention to argumentation, prose style, digital/multimedia design and communication, and revision, informed by reflection and feedback, including individual conferences. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Writing, Research, and Inquiry, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Writing, Research, and Inquiry
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS WR 202: Children's Literature in the Elementary School
    An introduction to the world of children's literature. Classics and exemplary modern works are studied, with a particular focus on literary techniques, nonfiction text structures, cultural diversity, and gender. Covers children's literature recommended by Massachusetts English Language Arts Framework (2001).
  • CAS WR 415: Public Writing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)and CAS WR 150 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
    Students will learn about the growing call for scholars to communicate their research to the public, study and practice several public genres, and rewrite a research project from a previous course to "translate" it for a public audience. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Writing-intensive Course, Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS WR 597: Tutoring Writing in the Disciplines
    Prerequisites: CAS WR 100 or CAS WR 120 or equivalent; and CAS WR 150 or CAS WR 151 or CAS WR 152 or equivalent; and consent of instructor. Provides instruction and support for department-based writing tutors. Students learn about disciplinary-specific writing practices, genres, and conventions; students explore features of writing and develop practical tutoring methods that transcend disciplinary boundaries to help peers become more independent writers.
  • CAS WR 598: Tutoring in ESL
    Prepares Writing Center tutors to work effectively with ESL and multilingual students. Modules balance theory and practice. Tutors gain knowledge about ESL writing and pedagogical ability to help students become independent writers. No familiarity with linguistics or language teaching required.
  • CAS WS 101: Gender and Sexuality I: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
    This course is the first semester of a two-semester introduction to women's, gender, and sexuality studies, that considers the origins, diversity, and expression of gendered and sexed individuals. Topics include the evolutionary origin of sexes; evolution, development, and social construction of sex, gender, and sexuality; sexual difference, similarities and diversity in bodies, brains, and behavior. This interdisciplinary introduction is the required year-long gateway sequence for the minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Students who complete both halves of the two-semester sequence WS 101/102 receive divisional studies credit for two courses, from two different divisions: Natural Science (without lab), Social Science, and/or Humanities. Neither WS 101 nor WS 102 alone carries divisional studies credit. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings, Scientific Inquiry I, Critical Thinking.
    • Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS WS 102: Gender and Sexuality II: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
    This course is the second semester of a two-semester introduction to women's, gender, and sexuality studies, integrating approaches from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, with a focus on society and social relationships. We examine questions relating to violence, inequality, and family formation through an interdisciplinary gender lens. Students who complete both halves of the two-semester sequence WS 101/102 receive divisional studies credit for two courses, from two different divisions: Natural Science (without lab), Social Science, and/or Humanities. Neither WS 101 nor WS 102 alone carries divisional studies credit. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Ethical Reasoning, Critical Thinking.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS WS 200: Thinking Queerly: An Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
    Explores historical and contemporary debates regarding LGBTQ identity, community, and politics through the relevant interdisciplinary (and often, competing) theories and research. Students gain skills in digital/multimedia expression through the development of a collaborative LGBTQ online magazine. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Individual in Community, Digital/Multimedia Expression.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression